Vrinda, Kerala – A group of students vandalized an exhibition at a college in Vrindera Vrondavan, vandalising and damaging it to the extent that it has now closed.
The students vandalising the art gallery in the middle of the night on Wednesday have been identified as Dalits.
The vandalisation was reported to the police on Thursday morning.
According to sources, the students, who are from Vrithaparambalam, were upset that they had been denied entry to the exhibition and demanded a refund of the cost of the work.
The Dalit art gallery, located on a highway, is considered to be a temple.
The exhibition has been displayed in the temple since 2007.
A group led by a member of the Kannur community had organised the exhibition in 2007, but the gallery has been closed due to threats of violence and vandalism.
The art gallery is situated in a temple site and the students are allegedly threatening to vandalise it if it continues to be used as a temple as well.
“The group has vandalised several paintings in the exhibition which have been damaged.
This has happened in the last few days,” a senior police officer said.
A complaint has been lodged with the Kerala Cyberabad police.
The college, which is known as the Karnataka College of Arts and Sciences, is known for producing some of the best contemporary artists in the country.
The Kerala Cyberadabad police has registered a case under Section 295 (punishment for causing hurt), 153 (disobedience to order), 504 (criminal intimidation) and 51A (obstruction of railway), the state government said.